City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocols – Update #65

 The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through May 31, 2020. Click here to view the mayor’s declaration.

Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities are operational.

35 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 35 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,046 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 41 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females, whose ages range from under 20 to their 70s. CDPH is working to identify any close contacts of these residents who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

As of today, there are more than 24,245 confirmed cases and 1,303 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.35 million confirmed cases and 81,847 deaths in the U.S.

The City of Cleveland COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and recoveries in Cleveland by selected demographics. View the dashboard here.

View the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Health’s map showing the confirmed cases by zip code throughout Cuyahoga County. The County releases an updated map each Friday.

In order to protect the individuals’ privacy, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will not be releasing any additional demographic information related to any COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender.  

Street Closings for Outdoor Seating

The City of Cleveland’s Civil Emergency Policy Group is reviewing options city wide to temporarily expand street closings to accommodate increased outdoor seating for restaurants.

West Side Market RFP

The City of Cleveland is currently reviewing RFPs for a consultant on West Side Market operations. An update will be posted in the daily media releases when a vendor has been selected. More about the RFP is posted here.

Grab and Go Meals for Youth at Recreation Centers

The City of Cleveland continues to work with its partner, the Children’s Hunger Alliance, to offer grab and go meals outside of the recreation centers. There have been 7,277 meals distributed from when the service began on March 21 through May 9.

Requests for Proposals: 2020 Cares Act Assistance Programs

The City’s Department of Community Development today posted three RFPs as part of its 2020-2021 Action Plan regarding the 2020 Entitlement & CARES Act. Following the May12 virtual public meeting, streamed via Facebook Live, the RFPs have been posted to the City website. View the following RFPs by clicking here:

  • Program Year 2020 Cares Act Special Needs Cost Increase Mitigation Grant Program
  • Program Year 2020 Cares Act Rental Assistance Grant Program
  • Program Year 2020 Cares Act Basic Needs Grant Program

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Virtual Board Meeting

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance will be holding a virtual board meeting on Friday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. to vote on the acceptance of a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Attendees can access this meeting via phone at (415) 655-0001, then dialing access code: (478) 348-654#. The meeting can also be accessed by computer by clicking here.

Ward 6 Traffic Advisory

During the week of May 18, 2020 the City of Cleveland’s Residential Resurfacing will begin in Ward 6. Advance notice signs will be posted to advise the public of road improvements.  The following streets will be resurfaced and completed by the end of July 2020.

·       Benham Avenue (East 93rd to East 105thStreet)

·       East 114th  Street (Fairchild to Glenwood Avenue)

·       Cromwell Avenue (MLK to East 121st  Street)

·       Fairchild Avenue (East 114th Street to Murray Hill Rd)

·       Glenwood Avenue (East 114th Street to Murray Hill Rd)

·       Orleans Avenue (East 93rd Street to East 103rd Street)

·       East 96th Street (Benham Avenue to Gibson Avenue)

·       East 98th Street (Union Avenue to Aetna Avenue)

·       Bessemer Avenue (East 93rd Street to East 102nd Street)

·       Carton Avenue (East 93rd Street to Kingsbury Avenue)

One lane of traffic will be maintained for local traffic for the duration of each project and no detours are expected. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. On-street parking will not be allowed during construction.

2020 Road Resurfacing Project Description:

  • This work represents an investment of $12 million in the City’s Residential Roadways.
  • With the completion of the Pavement Management Study in 2017 and the continued evaluation of the City’s roadway network, the City has a grading system that allows streets in the greatest need of resurfacing to be selected for repair. The City is using the ‘worst first’ approaches for road resurfacing.
  • The City estimates it will resurface approximately 91 residential streets in 2020.
  • The City will also be using the ‘fix-it-first” approach to restore a high pavement condition rating to streets that are fair condition.
  • The City estimates it will employ this method on 13 residential streets.

For questions, contact the City’s Administrative Manager, Cherita Anglen at (216) 420-7605.

*Editor’s Note: Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

Department of Public Utilities Customer Reconnection Updates

While business is operating as normal, the Public Utilities Building is closed to the public.  Cleveland Water (CWD) and Cleveland Public Power (CPP) have temporarily stopped disconnection of residential services for non-payment. Cleveland Water customers should call (216) 664-3130 and Cleveland Public Power customers should call (216) 664-4600 for service restoration.

Cleveland Water Pollution Control (WPC) Customer Service lobby remains open to the public to purchase permits and review maps. The WPC office at 12302 Kirby Ave. is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Report emergencies 24/7 by calling (216) 664-2513. To date:

  • CPP has reconnected 92 total customers
  • CWD has reconnected 1,167 total customers

Cleveland Water customers can make payments and manage their account at myclevelandwater.com, by calling (216) 664-3130. Questions can be submitted via the inquiry form at clevelandwater.com/ask-a-question. CPP customers can make payments and manage their account at cpp.org. Inquiries and questions can be submitted via www.cpp.org/Contact

Cleveland Water and CPP customers may also use the dropbox located at 1201 Lakeside Ave. Please include name and account number along with payment. Multiple accounts must be on separate checks.

Other Important Reminders

Mayor Jackson Announces Restart CLE

         Mayor Frank G. Jackson has unveiled his strategic plan for the recovery of Cleveland’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the city began this recovery planning process, it engaged experts from Cleveland State University and local medical institutions and made a deliberate choice to build from a health and medical perspective in order to protect those at risk from the coronavirus and then incorporate economic and social support to help the people and businesses who need assistance.

View Mayor Jackson’s full plan here. 

View Mayor Jackson’s Facebook Live announcement here.

City Excise Tax Payment Extension

The City of Cleveland is extending payment deadlines for the following excise tax returns to alleviate administrative burden for businesses that are facing operational impacts from the coronavirus public health emergency:

  • Admissions tax due April 30, May 30 and June 30
  • Motor Vehicle Lessor (rental car) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30
  • Parking tax due April 20, May 20 and June 20
  • Transient Occupancy (hotel or lodging) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30

The Commissioner of the Division of Assessments and Licenses is authorized to extend excise tax (admissions, parking, motor vehicle lessor and transient occupancy) payment deadlines to July 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Federal, state and local governments use various strategies to propose due date relief to businesses through tax guidance and legislation. This proposal extends the April, May and June excise tax payment due dates to July 20 without incurring interest and penalties. The goal is to provide cash flow flexibility to taxpayers that cannot timely pay their excise tax obligation and provide guidance to individual taxpayer(s) through administrative rulings to address issues resulting from the national pandemic on a case by case request including statutory timing deadlines of administrative processes.

Now Taking Applications for Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Youth Summer Employment Program

The City of Cleveland and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) have partnered to create Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Summer Youth Employment program.  The program was born out of an initiative the Mayor created in an effort to provide economic opportunities for Cleveland youth. Over the years, the program has grown and evolved to offer Cleveland youth, ages 14-19, unique summer employment and learning experiences. Youth who participate in the program leave with new skills and exciting memories.

To apply, please click on the link below: https://jobs.youthopportunities.org/. The deadline has been extended to May 22. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact the Y.O.U at (216) 776-3900.

Cleveland Water Customers Should Flush Plumbing as Buildings Reopen

Cleveland Water reminds customers that an important first step when buildings reopen is flushing the plumbing when water has not been used, or use was significantly reduced, during the closure. By performing a full-building flush of cold and hot water plumbing, Cleveland Water customers are ensuring that safe, high quality water from our distribution system re-enters the building.

When water sits unused or underused in plumbing systems major issues can occur. In most cases, flushing plumbing and cleaning fixtures should address any potential water quality issues and restore the high quality of water that normally comes out of your tap. More information on flushing a building’s water supply is available here and here.

May Bulk Pick-Up is Suspended in Order to Adhere to Social Distancing

·       The City of Cleveland has suspended May bulk pick up to protect the workers providing this service. Using automated waste collection vehicles reduces the exposure to COVID-19 which can remain on various surfaces for a long period of time. Additionally, social distancing for the safety of crews becomes possible with reducing crew size down to just one driver in many instances. Residents may drop off their items at the Ridge Road Station at 3727 Ridge Road. 

·       Proper Set-Out Reminder: Yard waste will still be collected. The City of Cleveland requires all solid waste bagged and in City of Cleveland supplied Black waste containers. Recycling material must be clean and loose in the City of Cleveland provided Blue container. All material must fit within your City of Cleveland provided containers.  Please do not sit loose waste outside of the city provided containers.

·       All eligible residences received waste and recycle containers. If they do not have one, they need to report it stolen and call waste collection at (216) 664-3711. They will provide guidance on how to obtain service and avoid a citation until a new container is obtained. 

County, State & Federal Updates and Reminders

Federal, State and Local Tax Deadline Extension Reminder

The Ohio House voted to extend the state’s income tax return deadline to July 15. This is the same date for local and federal taxes. View the bill summary with additional provisions here.

CodeRED

Sign up for CodeRED alerts to receive calls and emails from the administration with important info regarding Coronavirus. To sign up online, visit https://bit.ly/CLECodeRED, get mobile alerts by downloading the CodeRED app via the Apple or Google Play stores. Seniors who need assistance signing up are welcome to call the Department of Aging at 216-664-4383 for periodic phone call messaging.

Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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